History of The BIG Lesson Programs

The BIG Lesson was initiated in 1998 by Margaret Holtschlag, Michigan Teacher of the Year 1999-2000 as (1) a professional development model for immersion learning; (2) a study trip for students, parents, and teachers, and; (3) a partnership between community resources and mid-Michigan schools. BIG Lesson programs are happening at community sites in Lansing, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Jackson, Marshall, Dryden, and Battle Creek, Michigan.


The BIG History Lesson was the first of the BIG Lessons, started in 1998, at the Michigan Historical Museum.


The BIG Zoo Lesson was created in 2000 at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Michigan. In the 2012-13 school year, 58 teachers are participating.


Annie's BIG Nature Lesson began in 2002, in honor of Ann Mason, environmentalist from Clinton County, Michigan. For the 2012-13 school year, 68 teachers are participating in the Lansing area and 37 teachers in other mid-Michigan cities.

BIG Science Lesson at Impression Five Museum in Lansing, Michigan, began in 2006.






** Annie's BIG Nature Lesson at Woldumar, Harris, Bengel, Lincoln Brick, and Fenner nature centers in Lansing, Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor, Wilder Creek Conservation Club in Marshall, Kalamazoo Nature Center in Kalamazoo, Dahlem Conservancy in Jackson, and Seven Ponds Nature Center in Dryden.

** The BIG Zoo Lesson at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing and Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek

** The BIG History Lesson at Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing and at Meridian Historic Village in Okemos.

** The BIG Science Lesson at Impression 5 Museum in Lansing.

For more information about The BIG Lesson Programs, contact:
Margaret Holtschlag, Director of The BIG Lesson Programs, Clinton County RESA, 1013 S. US27, Suite A, St. Johns, MI 48879. Phone: 517-230-8268. Email: biglesson@gmail.com.